Pearl Gourami
Trichogaster leeri

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Tank Size

20 gallon


Black, Orange, Red, Silver, Yellow



Water Conditions

Neutral (6.2 to 8.2 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH), 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The Pearl Gourami (Trichogaster leeri) is a surprisingly peaceful fish species when considering size. This Gourami will reach a length of up to five inches, and the male will provide a deep red coloration, once mature. Much like the Corydoras Catfish, the Pearl Gourami has adapted well to the wetland environment. The Pearl Gourami is a facultative air-breather, meaning it comes to the surface to breathe during naturally anoxic (without oxygen) periods that stagnant bodies of water sometimes undergo. The Pearl Gourami can will maintain a passive nature as they reach maturation, and will make an ideal companion for a peaceful community setting.

Fecundity: This bubble-nest builder can produce up to 2000 eggs per clutch. It is largely beneficial to include floating, aquatic plants in the breeding tank as the male Pearl Gourami will utilize them to help construct a nest.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Neutral (6.2 to 8.2 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH)

Aquarium Diet (omnivore): Brine shrimp, blackworms, general flakes, omnivore pellet, Spirulina

Dimorphism: The male Pearl Gourami will have an elongated, slightly more pointy dorsal fin. The male will also display a deep red throat when ready to reproduce. The female Pearl Gourami will have a short, rounded dorsal fin, and will maintain basic coloration. Once mature, the female will also take on a more gravid appearance.

Compatibility: The Pearl Gourami is typically compatible with other peaceful fish species that include Dwarf Gourami, Corydoras, Tetra, Danio, Rasbora, Dwarf Rainbowfish, and Pencilfish.

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Author: Aquatics Unlimited